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SMI Group: The role of PET bottles in the circular economy

Recent studies have shown the benefits arising from the use of plastic bottles, since this solution is unbreakable, safe, with great barrier properties, lightweight and above all recyclable! In comparison with other packaging materials, such as glass or aluminium, PET has a good environmental profile, mainly thanks to its lightness that translates into less material to produce, less material to dispose of, less energy used to manufacture it and less fuel used for transporting packed products.

Thanks to its recyclability and its great weight-capacity ratio, many producers of mineral waters and soft drinks promote and re-evaluate PET and r-PET as convenient and win-win solutions from the environmental sustainability point of view. (Video)

(Photo credit: SMI) R-PET or lightweight bottles? Manufacture them with the EBS K ERGONIdeal system for producing PET and r-PET bottles

The use of r-PET (recycled PET) for manufacturing new bottles is the core of the concept of circular economy, that consists of collecting materials after they have been used and processing them, so that they can be reused or recycled. Every time a PET container is recycled, its oil reserve is recovered and reused, eliminating the waste and reducing the packaging environmental impact, provided that efficient systems for managing waste and recycling exist.

(Photo credit: SMI) Producing even lighter bottlesAnother strategy that contributes to the environmental protection is based on the study of even lighter PET containers, that allow to save on plastics and that, indeed, fully comply with the environmental policy of most of the manufacturers of beverages.

(Photo credit: SMI) SMI solution for the “green factory”Available with 2, 3 or 4 cavities, the rotary, compact, efficient and ergonomic stretch-blow moulders from the EBS K ERGON range are perfectly suited to these eco-friendly strategies and to the new manufacturing paradigms of “smart & green factory”

The EBS K ERGON range is the best solution to produce PET and r-PET containers up to 9,200 bottles/hour.

Thanks to its compact and ergonomic design, it can be installed even on bottling plants with reduced size and it ensures advantages in terms of ease of use and control by the line operator.

Further advantages of the EBS ERGON stretch-blow moulders or ECOBLOC® ERGON blowing, filling and capping integrated systems can be found at  the K exhibition in Düsseldorf, at booth B69, hall 14.

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Last update: 2020-07-14